At PI we evaluate personality traits in terms of university’s culture and programme requirements, says Prof Arun Kumar Paul, XIMB
With the onset of the selection process at the top B-schools, the MBA aspirants who have crossed the first stage are curious to know what the admission panel on the other side of the table expects from them.
In this interview with Careers360, Prof. Arun Kumar Paul, Associate Professor, Operations Management, Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB) provides insights about the admission criteria for selecting students for the flagship MBA programme.
Prof. Arun shares that conducting WAT, as a part of the admission process gives certain inputs for the personal interview rounds. He further mentions that at PI rounds, the panel looks for personality traits that make the candidate fit for the university culture and management programme.
Read excerpts from the interview below:
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Careers360: What are the application criteria of XIMB?
Prof. Paul: We have become a University – Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB). The Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB) now is an autonomous School of XUB. As for the application process, the scores of CAT, XAT, GMAT and our own on-line test X-GMAT are accepted. Though the cut-offs tend to vary from year to year, anybody with a percentile of 91 and above has a fair chance to get into the next stage of the selection process.
Careers360: What is the total intake of the flagship PG programme in Management at your institute?
Prof. Paul: Upon becoming University, Master’s degree is being awarded in the flagship business management program. The total intake for this two-year full-time residential program is 360 per year. The total academic fee (excluding hostel and other charges) is Rs. 14 lakh, payable in two installments.
Careers360: What is your selection criterion for MBA/PGDM programme for academic session 2016-18?
Prof. Paul: The selection criteria is quite broad-based which includes test percentile, academic performance, domain knowledge, general awareness, oral communication skill, relevant work experience and writing ability test score. The weight-ages of the above criteria typically are between 10 to 15%. Recently we have introduced a gender diversity factor with a weight-age of 3%.
One unique aspect of our own admission test X-GMAT is there is a specific section which tests the Emotional Quotient (EQ) of the candidates.
Careers360: Many of the top B-schools have replaced GD with WAT. What is your take on this?
Prof. Paul: Earlier there used to be GD-WAT-PI, but since last year GD has been eliminated. It was felt that GD was increasingly becoming artificial, so it was removed and more time was given for WAT and PI. The way our WAT is conducted, it judges the candidates for their quick and clear thinking and the reproducing the same in writing in correct and concise English. The WAT is conducted and evaluated before the PI and also becomes input for the PI. Abilities for quick and logical thinking and for clear and correct articulation are very important for budding managers.
Careers360: What are the factors that influence students’ selection at the Personal Interview (PI) stage? What are the core qualities that your admission panel looks for in a candidate?
Prof. Paul: PI is very important in terms of face-to-face interaction with the Interview panel members. So the appearance, dressing sense, body language play an important role. PI provides the candidate the opportunity to intelligently tell the panel members about himself– something that can only be done in face-to-face engagement. The qualities that are looked for are ability to think and communicate (both verbally and non-verbally), to handle stressful situations, relevant domain knowledge, personality traits in terms of strengths and weaknesses and the fit to the University’s culture and to the program requirement.
Careers360: What makes your campus life or residential programme interesting and distinctive from others?
Prof. Paul: The most important aspect of our campus life is the inculcation of superior value system – the hallmark of the Jesuit Institution. Integrity, honesty, empathy, respect for others, dedication to quality, passion for innovation and sensitivity towards environmental and social issues are some of the core values that are emphasized and instilled into the future business leaders.
The campus life is unique in many ways. The entire Wi-Fi enabled campus houses the faculty residences, office complex, well-stocked library with physical and digital knowledge sources and computer center complex, air conditioned class-room complex, auditorium complex, residences for gents, ladies, and executive program participants, Management Development Centre (MDC) and Studio Apartments. In addition, there are the floodlit basketball court, two floodlit tennis courts, indoor badminton court, gymnasium, and playgrounds for cricket and soccer.
There are over a dozen student-managed committees which function under the Students’ Executive Council. Students get an excellent opportunity to hone their soft skills and extend their learning experience beyond the class-room.
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which college should i prefer between XIMB mba bm and IFIM pgdm
I'll recommend you to go for XIMB as the institute is age old and enjoys a good reputation.The college offers a lot of exposure to its students with 100% placement. The Average salary package offered to the management students are- 12.44 LPA. The highest placement went upto 26 Lakhs last year.
which college should i prefer between IFIM bangalore and XIMB MBA BM
The MBA in Business Management course is available in Xavier's Institute of Management Bhubaneswar ( XIMB ), whereas the IFIM Bangalore provides the PGDM degree in various courses. Though the PGDM degree is equivalent to MBA, but there is no degree available for Business Management in IFIM, Bangalore.
Discussing about XIMB, the XIMB is a private institute providing MBA in Business Management, Executive MBA in Business Analytics and Business Management and Ph.D course in Management.
Discussing specifically about the MBA in Business Management course, it is a full time course of 2 years duration. The total course fees is INR 19 Lakhs and the admissions are provided on the basis of minimum eligibility criteria as provided by the institute and the scores of CAT, XAT, GMAT and X - GMT scores. As per the reviews by the experts and students, the college has good faculty and facilities. The college focuses upon the all round development of the students. Also the faculty members are well experienced and knowledgeable.
The placement are also fair in this institute. The average package offered to the candidates is around INR 12.7 Lakhs per annum. So, overall, the institute is worth for pursuing the MBA in Business Management.
which college is best among IMI BBSR and XIM Bhubaneswar
IMI and XIM bahut comes under one of the top 40 business schools.
Comparison between both is quite difficult they both stands on the same level but we still have to compare then we can compare it on the basis of placement ,ranking and fee structure there is a slight difference in rating, the rating of XIM is good that's why there is a very good package placement and that's why the fee structure is high in this.
Best of luck.
I have got 93.79 in CAT, and will get a call from XIMB. My 10 and 12 is 90+ and Graduation(2017) is 82, also I have 28 months experience in HR in Chinese MNC, I am unsure about the placements in XIMB (as I expoect minimum 20 LPA), should I drop this year ? Next year it will be 40 months exp(Gen Ctg)
But with your scores you can also try XISS Ranchi as the academics and the placement scenario is absolutely same for HR but the fees for the course is 10 lakhs. The average compensation package offered there is nearly 9-10 lakhs with the highest package being 26 lakhs offered by Flipkart.
The other good colleges for HR you can check out through various exams like CAT/XAT/SNAP/TISSNET/NMAT are
- IIM Calcutta, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode and Ranchi
- IMI Delhi
- NMIMS Mumbai
- XLRI Jamshedpur
- LIBA Chennai and others
What is the average package of XIMB MBA RM